Delmarva Power Continues Massive Restoration Effort
Monday, August 29, 2011
Additional Crews Allocated to Region
Wilmington, Del. – Delmarva Power continues to repair widespread damage to the electrical system caused by Hurricane Irene. Assessment teams have surveyed damage across the service territory to help guide the restoration work and crews have been addressing public safety issues in a massive restoration effort. Linemen are working around the clock.
“We have deployed crews throughout communities on the Delmarva Peninsula and are giving our maximum effort to restore power to our customers,” said Joseph M. Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pepco Holdings, Inc. “These crews will continue to work around the clock until power is restored. We have allocated our personnel, and the additional resources we’ve secured from our mutual assistance partners, to those areas hardest hit by the storm and to priority customers such as hospitals, schools and police and fire stations.”
Delmarva Power also announced its Global Estimated Time of Restoration (ETR), the time the company expects it will have power restored to all of its customers. Delmarva Power Region President, Gary Stockbridge, said the company estimates power will be restored to all its customers in the Bay region no later than midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Service for all customers in Northern Delaware and northeastern Maryland will be restored no later than noon on Thursday, Sept. 1. Stockbridge also said that when power has been restored to all customers in the Delmarva region, crews will be re-deployed to areas in need of assistance outside the region.
“Despite the severity of the storm and the considerable challenges facing our repair crews -- flooding and other hazardous conditions -- we continue to make good progress.” said Stockbridge. “In addition to recognizing the tireless efforts of the crews, we’d like to thank all the emergency responders, the Red Cross, police and fire personnel for their support and assistance.”
At the peak of the outage, approximately 220,000 customers were without power. As of 10 a.m. today, Delmarva Power restored service to approximately 180,000 customers. Currently, about 40,000 customers remain without power, but the company expects to restore power for the majority of those customers by this Wednesday.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .